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Basketball and Beyond: Coach K’s approach in the locker room

November 7, 2013

Duke Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski - photo courtesy of Duke BasketballWith two NFL head coaches (John Fox in Denver and Gary Kubiak in Houston) facing serious health scares in the last two weeks, Mike Krzyzewski discussed the stress of coaching on this week’s edition of Basketball and Beyond with Coach K.

He talked about the importance of balance as a coach and how sometimes doing more doesn’t always translate to success.

“There’s always something to do,” Krzyzewski said of his profession, “and you gotta be careful you (don’t) try to do too much. You don’t want to give your team so much that you take away from their instincts.”

While some coaches bring in former players or celebrities to talk to their teams ahead of big games, Krzyzewski talked about his minimalist approach in the locker room.

“You’ll see on [whiteboards] in the locker room, the whole board is filled with [quotes, messages and themes],” Krzyzewski said of some coaching styles. “What I do is I try to have a few things up on the board because…the main thing I want them to remember is who they are instinctively, individually and collectively.

“The need to feel like ‘I always gotta do more’ [...] it can get to you and can drive you.”

Coach K also welcomed 2013 World Series champion manager John Farrell of the Boston Red Sox to the show this week to talk about the chemistry in the clubhouse, and why that breeds success.

Krzyzewski told Farrell how impressed he was by Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia, and why Pedroia would be his top choice to start a baseball team.

Farrell echoed the sentiments and pointed to the leadership ability of Pedroia.

“He set the tone for our work in spring training [...] there’s not a day in which he takes off,” Farrell said. “That may end up shortening a career at some point but he doesn’t think like that. He thinks about how [he] can go full bore and how [he] can beat you today, whether it’s a game of ping pong or whether it’s when he’s standing in the batter’s box.”

Coach K takes to the airwaves Thursdays at 6 pm ET throughout the college basketball season on SiriusXM College Sports Nation. Basketball and Beyond with Coach K, co-hosted by Dave Sims, is in its ninth season, and is available live on Ch. 91, the SiriusXM app and on SiriusXM On Demand.